- SIBA North East Winners - The SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) judged their North East regional beer competition at the York CAMRA beer festival in September, with the winners going forward to the national final held at BeerX in Sheffield next March. Three breweries from our area came away with bronze awards in various categories with Sheffield Brewery Company’s Sheffield […]
- Bradfield Brewery - Brews News – this year’s seasonal line up from Bradfield Brewery sees the return of Jack O’ Lantern Ale. A spooktacular brew with no unwelcome surprises, this traditional dark amber coloured ale offers a 4.5% abv and a sharp dry aftertaste. November seeks to remember the fallen with a sensitive creation, 10pence from every pint […]
- Acorn Brewery - Teenage Kicks The team down at Wombwell have just celebrated their 13th birthday. It was 4th July 2003 when Dave Hughes and Steve Bunting brewed their first gyle of the multi award winning Barnsley Bitter. The boys have recently passed their 2500th gyle of all brews. The brewery is starting life as a teenager on […]
- Abbeydale Brewery - SO MANY exciting new brews to share with you this month! First up, our friends at Opus Independents are hosting the Autumn Season of the Festival of Debate. And so following on from Spring’s Why Not Give A Toss?, we’ve got Why Not Give More Of A Toss? coming out, a 4% session pale ale […]
- Neepsend Brew Co - We’ve been busily brewing new beers over the last month here at Neepsend. First up was Hop Rocket IPA – a bold and seriously hoppy Red Rye IPA brewed with Australian Galaxy and Topaz hops. The beer was the winning entry from a competition held at the Sheaf View and Blake Hotel for customers to […]
Thu 29 Sep – Sun 2 Oct
25 real ales plus cider and Perry along with food. Venue is the Royal Hotel on Doncaster Road. Free entry for CAMRA members, £2 for others.
Amber Valley CAMRA
Thu 29 Sep – Sun 2 Oct
Held at the Strutts in Belper, a 5 minute walk from the bus and rail stations, featuring over 70 beers, ciders and fruit wines plus food and entertainment.
Thu 29 Sep – Sat 1 Oct
Held at the APNA venue (between the Sikh Temple and leisure centre, about 10 mins walk from the rail station) and features around 60 real ales plus cider. Free entry for CAMRA members, £3 entry fee for all others. Open Thursday 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Friday midday to 11pm and Saturday 11am to 11pm. More details www.huddscamra.org.uk. Local Northern trains run hourly from Sheffield to Huddersfield.
Fri 7 – Sun 9 Oct
Held at Retford Town Hall, entry is £7 and includes a souvenier half pint glass. CAMRA members also get their first drink free. Features up to 50 local real ales, international beers, ciders and food. Live music in the evening. See www.retfordbeerfestival.com for more details. An hourly local Northern train service runs from Sheffield to Retford (Lincoln line).
Robin Hood (Nottingham CAMRA)
Wed 12 – Sat 15 Oct
A big, popular and legendary real ale and cider festival held in the grounds of Nottingham Castle with a huge range of drinks in the main big tent on the top of the hill and further smaller beer tents and food stalls along the pathways lower down that lead to the old bandstand, which plays host to a programme of live music.
Open from 5:30pm Wednesday and 11am Thursday to Saturday, closing 11pm each day. Expect a choice of over 1000 beers and 200 ciders. Advance tickets are advisable as it is a popular festival, however it is possible to pay on the gate subject to capacity. Entry fee on the gate is either £10 or £15 depending on session, this includes a souvenier glass and £5 worth of beer tokens (extra tokens included for CAMRA members, ensure you show your card at the admissions booth).
Trains run from Sheffield-Nottingham every half hour for most of the day and the venue is about 10 minutes walk from Nottingham station.
- District Pub of the Season – Three Stags Head, Wardlow Mires - Our District Pub of the Season award is a programme that recognises the good ale pubs in the Derbyshire part of our branch area, some of which is rural parts of the Peak District National Park. Pubs are nominated and voted for by our members who drink in those pubs. The winner of our inaugural […]
- CAMRA’s Yorkshire Club of the Year award - The Wortley Men’s Club in Wortley has been named ‘Yorkshire Club of the Year 2016’ and is now celebrating a hat-trick of wins after also taking the prestigious title in 2014 and 2015. The club’s run of success actually started four years’ ago when it finished runner-up in 2013. It was particularly successful in 2015 […]
- CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year award - The George & Dragon, Hudswell, North Yorkshire, has been named CAMRA’S ‘Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2016’. The pub is located 3 miles west of Richmond, on the border of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It is owned by Hudswell Community Pub Limited, which was formed in 2010 to buy, refurbish, and re-open the only pub […]
- Pub of the Month, August 2016: The Beer Engine - The Beer Engine was opened in its current guise about a year and a half ago, having been through a number of incarnations such as Delaney’s Music Bar since the premises last since carried the current name. Behind it is Tom Harrington (known as Baz to some of his friends), who has previously worked for […]
- Award presentation galleries - District Pub of the Year – Anglers Rest, Millers Dale July Pub of the Month – Walkley Beer Company
- Champs Sports Bar – Ecclesall Road - The team at Champs Sports Bar in Sheffield is celebrating after being shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for the Second year running. Licensee Danny Grayson has been recognised as one of only five finalists in the Best Student Bar and Best Sports Bar categories and will go on to […]
- Old Crown, London Road - The Old Crown on London Road is now open serving a range of ever changing local and nationally sourced real ales with a newly developed food menu to launch shortly. The pub is the latest addition to Reet Ale Pubs, so you know what to expect really, the same level of charm and tomfoolery as our […]
- Pub relaunched – The Abbey, Woodseats - Following a £550,000 refurbishment by Punch Taverns, the Abbey in Woodseats reopened its doors to the general public on 12 August. At a pre-launch event the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Denise Fox, cut the ribbon officially reopening this historic former coaching inn on the junction of Chesterfield Road and Abbey Lane. The general manager, Wayne […]
- Pub heritage feature – Cross Keys, Handsworth - The Cross Keys (Handsworth Road, S13 9BZ) is rated by CAMRA as a pub with an interior of regional importance. It is a three-roomed pub with lots of vintage fitting and low ceilings supported by oak beams. The back parts are the main interest, with the snug a particular delight. This little room, refitted probably in the 1920s and […]
- Pub Heritage news - The Plough Inn, Sandygate Road The Plough Inn (Crosspool) was a Tennants pub for many years. In 1962, ownership changed when Whitbread took over Sheffield-based Tennants. More recently, in 2003, Enterprise Inns took over the pub. Since then, there appears to have been no serious maintenance work and very little spend on upkeep. Enterprise have […]
- Inn Brief
The Original Bierkeller on West Street have installed two handpumps on the smaller of the two bars in the venue with beer from Stancill available.
The Graduate and the Globe have both benefited from a refurbishment, real ale continues to be available at both.
The former Varsity bar on West Street, which had been closed for a while, has now reopened in the new guise of ‘Bar and Beyond‘ offering craft beer, cocktails and street food in the early evening before morphing into a nightclub with djs entertaining until the early hours.
Anchorage in West One Plaza (off West Street) is no more – following a refurbishment it is now the Hope & Anchor.
The Old Crown on London Road is now under the management of Reet Ale Pubs, who also run the Rutland Arms, Three Tuns, Closed Shop and Reet Pizza at the Punchbowl as well as own Blue Bee Brewery. Following a soft opening, a launch party is due to take place on 28th September. As well as real ale and cider, the Old Crown has a pool table, simple food offering and regular live music.
Another Reet Ale pub, the Punchbowl at Crookes, has had a minor refurbishment to improve the seating and add a fireplace to make it feel more pub like.
The Shiny Sheff near Lodge Moor has been bought by Marstons Brewery and is to undergo a refurbishment.
The Place at Broomhill is to be refurbished and renamed ‘Bloomery‘, apparantly a steel making reference.
The Porter Brook on Ecclesall Road has undergone something of a makeover.
The Stocks and Greyhound in Ecclesfield and Carbrook Hall in Carbrook have all recently introduced real ale to the bar.
The Alehouse on Fraser Road in Millhouses is under new ownership and all are welcome. The pub offers a range of reasonably priced real ales, home cooked food also features at tea time.
The Harley Hotel is offering discounts on real ale to tram ticket holders as part of Stagecoach Supertram’s Tramendous deals scheme.
A couple of bits of people news – from the Three Tuns and Shakespeare’s – Kate Major and Chris Bamford have both left their managers roles in the respective pubs, we wish them all the best for their new projects.
There are stirrings again at the Boardwalk… watch this space for further news!
A correspondent who is a regular at the Forest on Rutland Road emailed following last month’s PUBlic transport feature which listed all the real ale outlets along the section of tram route and 7/8 bus route in that part of the Upper Don Valley and asked we point out that the Forest is so much more than just the Toolmakers brewery tap – there is also open mic’ night’s, quiz’s, live entertainment, Sunday lunches, a choice of guest beers and a soon to be opened new sun terrace.
JD Wetherspoons are running one of their regular real ale festivals from 12th to 23rd October. Sheffield pubs include the Bankers Draft at Castle Square, Benjamin Huntsman and Waterworks by the City Hall, Francis Newton by the Hallamshire Hospital, Rawson Spring at Hillsborough tram stop, Sheaf Island on Ecclesall Road, Woodseats Palace at Woodseats and the Steel Foundry at Meadowhall.
True North Brewery are due to open the Blue Stoops in Dronfield this October – check their website – bluestoops.co.uk – for the latest news. Expect real ale, craft beer, gin and food. Buses 43/43a will get you there from Sheffield.
The Chequers at Coal Aston has reopened as a Greene King Hungry Horse pub. The Inn at Troway is due to reopen early October.
Planning permission has been granted to build a house on the rear car park of the George & Dragon in Holmesfield. Meanwhile over the road the Angel continues to provide Gluten Free beer and food options.
The Peacock at Barlow is due to reopen in its new guise at the end of September and there are plans to add a microbrewery in an outbuilding, hopefully later this year.
Further down the road at Whittington Moor in Chesterfield, the former Rose & Crown opposite the football stadium has reopened following a major refurbishment as ‘Spireites free house‘ with a range of 6 real ales – Hopjacker beers plus guests. It is under the same ownership as the Dronfield Arms. Buses 43, 44, 50, 50a and X17 from Sheffield all stop pretty much outside the pub.
The Old Hall Hotel at Hope now has live music in the bar most Friday evenings, once the restaurant has finished service at 9pm.
- L. Stuart Burrows - The Sheffield pub scene has lost one of its great characters. L Stuart Burrows, the long-serving licensee of the Mount Pleasant on Derbyshire Lane, died unexpectedly on Friday, 29th July. Stuart, a former Sales Metallurgist/Chemist found his true vocation when he took the licence in September, 1993. At the time the only real ale available was […]
- Sons of the Desert on tour - A group of Laurel and Hardy fans, Sons of the Dessert, took a mini bus to Ulverston in Cumbria, the birth place of Stan Laurel. The Stan Laurel Inn has six hand pulled beers, mainly from local breweries and my choice was Barngates Brathay Gold. A few minutes walk away is the house where Stan Laurel was […]
- Introducing Peel Ale - Beer Matters, as the newsletter of Sheffield & District branch of CAMRA, has throughout its life so far – all 466 issues across over 40 years – included the town of Dronfield and the surrounding villages in its area of coverage. However Dronfield now has its own CAMRA branch with its own local group of […]
- Annual Beer Census - Annual Beer Census – Sat 3rd September 2016 As many of you will be aware, Sheffield CAMRA organises an annual city-wide survey to collect information on which beers are available in the city on a particular day. We have been doing this for a few years now, and we are pleased to say that despite various claims from other cities such […]
- Annual Beer Census - This annual survey helps us take the pulse of Sheffield’s real ale scene, recording the variety of beers out there on the City’s bars along with the prices charged. In the past we have used the results in terms of the number of different beers available to claim Sheffield as the Real Ale Capital of […]